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Really? Hijabs are a problem?

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Submitted by Stuart Teich (United States), Mar 23, 2008 at 11:41

So what? For the most part, it's merely meant as a gesture of respect, like when McCain or Clinton wore a kippah at an appropriate moment, as any civilized person would remove his shoes entering a traditional house in Japan. I have no problem with respect. On the other hand, why do so many fervent muslim MEN not cover their heads in public? It's not so long ago that no respectable person would be seen on an American street with his head uncovered.

Of course, one also remembers the tables of blue baseball caps at Rabin's funeral, for anyone who didn't mind covering his head, but wasn't Jewish. Why isn't that sort of sensitivity forthcoming in the highly civilized Muslim world?

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